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Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Fix by David Baldacci (Amos Decker #3)

The Fix
written by David Baldacci
Narrated by Kyf Brewer & Orlagh Cassidy
Unabridged 12 Hours on 10 CD's
ISBN: 978-1-4789-3002-0

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Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.

Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter--a family man with a successful consulting business--and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.

But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.

Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.


The Fix was titled correctly - if you're looking for a good book, that keeps you guessing, that you just do not want to take a break because you want to know what happens next...this is it! David Baldacci has created an interesting, exciting and quirky character in Agent Amos Decker. He is combination of so many things that you can't help but like him. A helmet to helmet hit during his first play in the NFL left Decker suffering from a rare condition that affects the way he sees colors and his memory. He doesn't forget anything....ever. He has perfect memory recall.

Outside FBI Headquarters, in what most would call the plaza, Agent Decker witnesses a man walk up and shoot a woman execution style. Pulling his weapon and running full steam ahead he watches helplessly as the man turns the gun on himself. Both are pronounced dead on the scene. Now it was up to Decker to unravel this crime and provide answers to seemingly unanswerable questions.

The shooter was identified as Walter Dabney, a successful businessman who had worked for the NSA, FBI, and several other government agencies. The female victim, was identified as Anne Berkshire. She worked as substitute teacher, lived alone and had no criminal record. As a matter of fact, she had no record at all beyond the last ten years. Decker could find no way to link Dabney and Berkshire. Every theory put forth Decker quickly poked holes in. . . He knew there was something they were missing. So he started digging into Miss Berkshire's life. He was struck by her lavish lifestyle. She lived in a three million dollar condo and drove a nice Mercedes. Decker wanted to know how she could finance such comforts working as a substitute teacher.

All that digging attracts the attention of hard-nosed DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) Agent Harper Brown. She informs Agent Decker and his superior that their services are no longer needed and they should forget about it and move on.

Unable to forget anything, even if he wanted too, Amos Decker is determined to uncover what someone is going to great lengths to keep secret. Through dogged investigation and using his special skills Decker soon realizes this is big...bigger than anything he's investigated before. It's going to take the combined efforts of the FBI and DIA to solve this one.

There are twists and turns in every thriller, but with Baldacci building the suspense the simple becomes complex and nothing or no-one are ever what they first appear to be. Baldacci delivered a good book, with solid, strong, yet quirky and likeable characters. The narration by Brewer and Cassidy is spot on! They bring the characters to life with emotions so real they seem almost tangible. The Fix keeps you interested, listening, and wanting more - which is exactly what I look for in a good book. I loved it! I hope you do too!

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